What is the meaning of dumb?


  • Slow to learn or understand; lacking intellectual acuity.
    • usage: "so dense he never understands anything I say to him"; "never met anyone quite so dim"; "although dull at classical learning, at mathematics he was uncommonly quick- Thackeray; "dumb officials make some really dumb decisions"; "he was either normally stupid or being deliberately obtuse"; "worked with the slow students"
  • Temporarily incapable of speaking.
    • usage: "struck dumb"; "speechless with shock"
  • Lacking the power of human speech.
    • usage: "dumb animals"
  • Unable to speak because of hereditary deafness.
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